Public school: grades 6 - 8

Middle School | NYC Department of Education

Education Grade-Schooler Pre-Teen

Middle school offers students opportunities to explore their interests, discover new subjects, and learn more about themselves. New York City students can apply to up to 12 middle school programs.

  • Students with disabilities follow the same admission process as all other students
  • English Language Learners (ELL) also follow the same admission process as other students; they can also consider applying to programs that screen for language where they might get priority
  • All students who are eligible for middle school should submit an application in the fall, even if they plan to attend their zoned school or continue in K-8 schools
  • Students applying to middle school will complete a personalized online application that shows every school they're eligible for

Who is eligible

To be eligible to apply for a NYC public middle school, your child should be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you a NYC resident?
  • Are you currently a fifth grade student (or a current sixth grade student at an elementary school that ends in sixth grade)?
    • Current middle school students who want to transfer must visit a Family Welcome Center to explore your options


How to apply

To apply for admissions to a public middle school:

  1. Visit MySchools and set up or log into your account. Speak with your school counselor if you need help.
  2. Use the personalized application on MySchools to see and explore middle school programs your child is eligible for.
  3. Select up to 12 choices to add to your application in your true order of preference, and submit it by the deadline.

If you just moved to NYC, contact your zoned school or visit a Family Welcome Center.

How to get help

*Family Welcome Centers serve NYC families all year round with enrollment and admissions. Remote support is available Monday through Friday via email, phone, or video conference. Complete the Request for Support Form and set up an appointment.

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Updated July 27, 2021